Sports Medicine Division | Conditions & Treatments

Ankle Sprain

A sprain is a stretch injury of the ligaments that support the ankle. The ligaments on the outside of the ankle are most commonly injured when the foot is turned inward on an awkward step. About 25

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Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury

If your child has an ACL injury, you may have many concerns and questions. It may comfort you to know that caregivers at Boston Children's Hospital offer a wealth of experience treating children,

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Articular Cartilage Injury

Three different types of cartilage are found in the body: • Articular or hyaline cartilage -- covers joint surfaces • Fibrocartilage -- such as in the knee meniscus and vertebral disk • Elastic

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Concussions

If you’re a fan of any professional sport, you've probably heard about someone suffering a concussion and having to sit out the next play, the rest of the game or even the remainder of the season. But

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Dislocations

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center have treated thousands of babies and children with many bone-related conditions. We provide expert diagnosis,

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Dislocated Patella

A dislocated patella occurs when the kneecap (patella) pops out from its normal position. This can occur as the result of force or, more often, is related to a developmental condition that leads to an

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Fractures

Fractures happen when there’s more force applied to the bone than the bone can withstand. If your child has a fracture, it means that his bone has partially or completely broken. A fracture in a child

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Head or Brain Injury

While some head injuries do cause serious and lasting damage, it’s important to remember that “head injury” is a broad term describing many different types of trauma—ranging from mild to severe. Here

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Hip Impingement

Boston Children’s Hospital hip specialists at the Child & Young Adult Hip Preservation Program treat patients of all ages. Many teens and young adults with hip problems need diagnostic and surgical

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Little League Elbow

Little League elbow is a broad term that generally refers to an injury to the elbow’s tendons, ligaments and/or bones in a young, throwing athlete. Most of the time, the injury is due to overuse, but

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Little League Shoulder

Little League shoulder happens when an athlete throws too often or repeatedly throws the wrong way and hurts his shoulder. In younger athletes, growth plates—soft places toward the end of the bone

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Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease is an overuse condition or injury of the knee that causes pain and swelling below the knee area over the shin bone. It is characterized by inflammation of the patellar tendon

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Osteochondritis

Overview We advise kids not to specialize in just one sport. Multi-sport athletes tend not to get as many OCD injuries and other kinds of overuse injuries. As for practicing, we advise kids and

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Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis is the term for a bone infection. Bacteria or viruses in your child's bloodstream or tissue may infect a bone, causing osteomyelitis. Infection is more common in the long bones of the

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Overuse Injuries

You can have peace of mind knowing that the team in Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center has treated thousands of children, adolescents, adults and professional athletes with injuries ranging from the

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Patellar instability

Overview The patella, or kneecap, is a small bone that fits into a groove on the end of the thighbone and sits over the knee, allowing it to function properly. When the groove is shallow or an

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Patellofemoral Pain

Pain around the front of the knee is often referred to as patellofemoral pain. This pain may be caused by: • soft cartilage under the kneecap (the patella) • referred pain from another area such as

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is pain on the bottom of one or both heels, caused by irritation to the plantar fascia, which are the dense tissue bands that connect the heels to the toes. • Pain is usually is felt

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Sever's Disease

Boston Children’s Hospital's Lower Extremity Program in the Orthopedic Center has experience caring for adolescents Sever’s disease, a common heel injury that can be easily treated without your child

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Shin Splints

If your teen or child has been diagnosed with shin splints, we at Children’s Hospital Boston know that he’s experiencing discomfort, as well as some disappointment that his sports training has been

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Shoulder Dislocation

The shoulder The shoulder is the most versatile joint in the body, moving in many different directions. A sudden force to the shoulder, as from a collision, for example, can cause the top of the upper

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Shoulder instability (dislocated shoulder)

As our understanding of instability of the shoulder joint has increased, so too has our expertise in treatment, including important advances in surgical techniques. – Donald S. Bae, MD, associate in

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Spondylolysis

At Boston Children's Hospital, we know that adolescents who have been diagnosed with an overuse injury such as spondylolysis often feel frustrated about the disruption in their normal athletic

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Sprains and Strains

Most sports injuries, such as sprains or strains, are caused by minor trauma. Sprains are ligament injuries resulting from wrenching or twisting a joint. Strains are injuries to a muscle or tendon,

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Stress Fractures

"We advise kids not to specialize in just one sport. Multi-sport athletes tend not to get as many stress fractures and other kinds of overuse injuries. And for practicing, we advise kids and coaches

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Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is an injury to the tendons attaching the forearm muscles to the outer part of the elbow. This injury comes from repetitive stress — in other words, a simple physical activity repeated

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Walking (Gait) Abnormalities

Watch a 1 year old wobble around, and you'll see her gait, or walking cycle, doesn't quite resemble that of an adult. She'll have a wider stance, rapid cadence and short steps. In fact, it takes until

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